Spectra “Vets” the Highest Quality Floor Installers in New Program
As the demand for high-quality flooring installation increases, so does the demand for properly trained installers. We often hear from project managers who are forced to turn to sub-standard installers when they’re unable to find sufficient certified, highly experienced workers for a reasonable cost. For both businesses and consumers, this is a serious setback.
We know that the quality of any floor installation can only be as high as the quality of its installers. That’s why Spectra Georgia has teamed up with Goodwill of North Georgia and Chattahoochee Tech in a unique program that aims to provide United States veterans with 100% secure jobs in flooring installation, offering valuable support and training for one of the most important groups in our community.
Veterans make our country, our communities, and our work environments better places. Still, many struggle to find employment despite the strong technical and leadership skills they develop through their service. The Armed Forces inspire teamwork, efficiency under pressure, and persistence in their soldiers– all qualities which allow for optimal performance, and that prepare veterans for the next step: owning their own flooring business.
Our program will ensure that candidates are not only equipped with the skills and tools they need to excel in their jobs, but also, should they wish to develop a more independent career, the entrepreneurship training that will allow them to eventually start their own small businesses.
Because of the generous funding of donors to Goodwill, this was done with no cost to veterans, we’ll offer a complete cycle of training, from on-the-job training with experienced, reputable installation crews, to certification and ultimately job placement.
The program will yield qualified installers and propel industry standards in quality floor installation, while providing our valued veterans with competitive wages and elite job training. By increasing the base of certified installers and trained professionals, we anticipate raising the bar across the industry by simultaneously encourage the untrained, less experienced to seek the qualifications they need to be competitive.
We’d like to express gratitude to our partners who have generously participated in designing and implementing this program: the National Wood Floor Association, which has partnered with Chattahoochee Tech; Ft. McPherson VA; Patcraft, which has provided carpet; Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), which are offering training in laminate, resilient, carpet, floor prep, business skills and much more; MAPEI, which has provided all adhesives and floor patches, Miguel Trivino for providing Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) training, and Goodwill for funding, managing and delivering the program.